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Flat Feet

Foot and Ankle Specialists located throughout Nebraska
Flat Feet

Flat Feet services offered throughout Nebraska

If you have foot pain or experience diminished mobility due to flat feet, see the experts at Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons located throughout Nebraska. The skilled podiatrists diagnose and offer interventions for flat feet to enhance the health and function of your feet while reducing pain. Call the office nearest you to schedule an evaluation, or request one using the online booking tool today.

Flat Feet Q&A

What are flat feet?

Flat feet is a condition in which the arches of your feet flatten with pressure, such as when you walk or stand. Your feet might point outward, and the entire soles of your feet may touch the floor when you stand or move around. You may have been born with flat feet or developed the condition later in life due to an injury, aging, or wear and tear over time.

While usually painless, flat feet can cause discomfort and limit what you’re able to do physically. If this is the case, see the experts at Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons. 

What are the symptoms of flat feet?

You might not have any bothersome symptoms due to flat feet, but the condition can sometimes cause pain in the arches or heels of your feet. The discomfort you experience may worsen with physical activity. You might notice pain and swelling along the inside of your ankle because of flat feet.

What are the risk factors for flat feet?

Infants and toddlers might have flat feet because the arches of their feet are not yet fully developed. They may outgrow the condition over time without any problems.

Risk factors for developing flat feet include:

  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Foot or ankle injuries
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Genetics
  • Obesity 

If flat feet don’t bother you, no treatment is needed. But if your condition is painful, restricts mobility, or negatively affects your athletic performance, see a Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons specialist for an evaluation. 

How does my podiatrist diagnose flat feet?

Your podiatrist determines if you have uncomfortable flat feet after examining your feet and ankles when you sit down, stand on your toes, and walk. They also discuss your medical history, lifestyle, and symptoms. 

Your specialist may look at the wear patterns on your shoes and order an ultrasound, a CT scan, X-rays, an MRI, or another imaging procedure to detect or rule out additional problems and develop the most appropriate treatment plan. 

How are flat feet treated?

If you need treatment because of uncomfortable flat feet, your podiatrist may suggest arch supports (orthotics), stretching exercises, physical therapy, weight loss, rest, or medications. If you still have foot pain after trying conservative therapies, surgery can repair tendon or bone problems responsible for your discomfort. 

Your foot and ankle specialist tailors each treatment to your personalized needs to ensure superior, long-lasting relief.

To reduce pain caused by flat feet, call the Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons office nearest you or request an appointment online today.